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Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers vs. Packers

Posted Dec 3, 2017

It would take all four quarters and then some, but in the end Green Bay would come away with the win, topping the Buccaneers 26-20 in overtime

The Buccaneers started quickly, marching 75 yards down the field for their first touchdown on an opening drive this season. It came on third-and-6, as tight end Cameron Brate made a spectacular one-handed catch on a 28-yard bomb from quarterback Jameis Winston. It was the first game action Winston had seen in nearly a month, having been sidelined with an AC joint injury the past three weeks.

The Bucs’ defense was able to hold Green Bay to just a field goal on their ensuing drive. However, it would be the Packers who would score next on a 1-yard run from running back Jamaal Williams in the second quarter. The score was aided by a blocked punt that gave the Packers excellent field position to start the five-play, 45-yard drive.

On the following possession for Tampa Bay, quarterback Jameis Winston took a sack and fumbled the ball. It was recovered and returned 62 yards by Packers’ defensive end Dean Lowry for a touchdown, putting Green Bay up 17-7 with 4:17 left to play in the half.

Before the half expired, kicker Patrick Murray would connect on a 36-yard field goal, cutting the Packers’ lead to 17-10 at halftime.

The Buccaneers run game got a kick-start in the third quarter. Multiple running backs moved the chains for Tampa Bay, as the Bucs drove down the field to tack on a 30-yard field goal.

With the score 17-13 to start the fourth quarter, the Bucs’ defense forced a three-and-out, aided by a three-yard tackle for loss by defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on Packers’ running back Jamaal Williams.

The Bucs took the ball 78 yards on 12 plays and it would be another Winston to Brate connection, as the tight end hauled in an 11-yard pass for a touchdown to put Tampa Bay up 20-17 with 6:02 left in the game.

After getting to the Bucs’ four-yard line, the Packers would have to settle for a field goal on a big third-and-1 stop by rookie safety Justin Evans, who tackled Packers’ receiver Jordy Nelson for no gain. Kicker Mason Crosby hit the 22-yarder to even the score at 20 apiece with 2:01 on the clock.

Tampa Bay was called for an illegal block in the back on their first play of the drive, backing them up to the Green Bay 10. Winston was then sacked on second down and the Bucs would come up empty before punting the ball away with 55 seconds left on the clock.

The Bucs’ defense once again came up with a stop, consequently forcing overtime. Green Bay won the toss and elected to receive.

Aided by a couple scrambles by quarterback Brett Hundley, the Packers drove down the field and found the end zone on a 20-yard run by Aaron Jones to end the game with a final score of 26-20 in overtime.